Having grown up on classic soundtracks such as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander, I felt it was time to follow those great composers before me and try swashing my own buckles. The result? Pirate Legends.
The inspiration for this song came early one morning two years ago in my Aural Skills class. We were learning rhythmic dictation and my teacher tapped out a simple 7/8 rhythm (..- ..- —). This rhythm was so catchy that the notes came easily. On the corner of my notebook, I wrote out the solfege syllables of the notes I heard in my head and quickly wrote out the music after class.
The biggest challenge in writing this song was the percussion break in the middle. Before this song, I had not really learned how to write percussion, but I knew I wanted something big and rhythmic in the middle. Ironically enough, my lack of knowledge drove me to join the Wind Ensemble the next semester as a percussionist where I incorporated several of the things I learned into this song.
I hope you enjoy listening just as much as I enjoyed writing this piece!
Posted on March 16, 2014, in Composition, Music and tagged composition, finale, garritan, legends, orchestra, orchestrations, percussion, pirates, songs, sounds. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.